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Emotion Regulation and Existential Meaning-Making in Young Women with Mental Ill-Health Concerns – A Qualitative Study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, ISSN 2163-1948, E-ISSN 2163-1956, Vol. 1, no 1, 555553Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increasing rates of psychiatric problems, like anxiety, worry, and anguish among Swedish youth–especially among females, are considered a serious public mental health concern. To explore psychological and existential vulnerability and needs among female youths with mental ill-health concerns, a qualitative in-depth interview study was done with a sample comprised of ten females on the waiting-list at an outpatient psychotherapy clinic. In relation to everyday life, critical events, and ultimate concerns, two areas were explored: Emotion regulation and Existential meaning-making, and their interrelations were examined. Results indicated that these areas appear to be strongly related processes in this sample, possibly due to frequent experiences of relational losses and disruptions. Such experiences, if not repaired, might fuel existential issues like fear of death, loneliness, and alienation, increasing the vulnerability for mental ill-health. Psychotherapeutic implications were discussed.

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2016. Vol. 1, no 1, 555553
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Emotion regulation, Existential meaning-making, Moments of meaning, Young women, Mental health
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136971DOI: 10.19080/PBSIJ.2016.01.555553OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-136971DiVA: diva2:1057889
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2016-12-30Bibliographically approved

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